The Boulonnais breed is originally from the north-west of France. They are a very elegant heavy horse with very fine skin with delicate veins. They have fine heads and very expressive eyes. Standing at an average of 17 hands, they are usually grey in colour but also may be bay or chestnut. They were formerly used for draught work, but sadly today are now being bred in France for meat. Breed numbers remain low with an estimation of less than 1,000 horses remaining in Europe. This breed is considered endangers along with several other French draft breeds. Interestingly, The Boulonnais horses are Warmblooded.
This breed can be traced back as far back as the 7th century, and the modern version of the breed was created using Arabian, Andalusian and Spanish Barb blood. Common uses of this breed would be for general riding and work.